10/22/2012 07:56 EDT | Updated 12/22/2012 05:12 EST

Alphonse Brendon Menard Sentenced For Killing Father

DUNCAN, B.C. - A 24-year-old man who shot his father five times during target practice has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and two years probation.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Nathan Smith said seizures affected Alphonse Brendon Menard's judgment the day his father, Tony, was killed.

But Smith noted that Menard knowingly created a dangerous situation with lack of sleep, alcohol and stress, and while his body was operating normally, his mind wasn't.

The shooting happened in July 2010, during a family camping trip near Bamfield, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Menard pleaded guilty to killing his 52-year-old father last month, on the first day of his second-degree murder trial in a Duncan, B.C., courtroom.

Steve Fultz, a longtime friend of Tony Menard, says he found it strange that the family overwhelmingly supported the son because some of the victim's friends feel differently. (CKWV)

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